ArtServe Hosts “Soul Awareness” Exhibit

On view at Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women's Center, the exhibition showcases works by Kay Kiria, Lynda Sauls, and Marlene Hammel

Art by Kay Kiria
Declaration by Kay Kiria on view in “Soul Awareness.”

ArtServe and Holy Cross Health are continuing their art partnership to showcase art by South Florida women with “Soul Awareness,” a mixed media exhibit featuring three award-wining local female artists. Curated by ArtServe’s Sophie Bonet, “Soul Awareness” will be on view through October 4, at the Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at Holy Cross HealthPlex in Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free and the center is open Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The three artists featured in the exhibition are Kay Kiria, Lynda Sauls, and Marlene Hammel. Kiria utilizes canvas, wood panel, and paper to work with her favored mediums of oil, cold wax, acrylic, gels, and grounding primers to create her work. Sauls is currently president of the Weston ArtGuild. She draws on inspiration from nature to create her large oil paintings in rich, bold colors that celebrate the simplicity of flowers and plants. Hammel’s first experiences with art came about as a young child with an Etch-a-Sketch toy. She then followed her creative talents into the makeup and fashion industry, from which she derives her inspiration and use of texture and “wild” colors.

Lynda Sauls, Sophie Bonet, Kay Kiria, Marlene Hammel
Lynda Sauls, Sophie Bonet, Kay Kiria, Marlene Hammel

According to Bonet, the artists’ works are “manifestations of resilience [that] create the compassion, inspiration, and possibilities found in these heartfelt paintings, where the strength of feminine intuition, the irrepressible beauty of nature, and spirited honesty and imagination come together, leading to hope and realization.”

Learn more about the exhibition here.

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